Q: Will the National Black Arts Festival, last held in 1990, be held again?
A: The festival is held every two years and will next take place this summer, Aug. 3-9. Tickets go on sale in mid-June, at the Fox Theater Box Office, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30365, which will supply a schedule on request, or through Ticketmaster, (404) 249-6400.
Among the festival dance events will be performances Aug. 6 and 7 by the Ballethnic Dance Company, an African-American company from Atlanta blending jazz and ethnic dance ($8), and the Harry Bryce African-American Dance Theater, Aug. 4, presenting "Beyond the Canebreaks: Moments in the Life of Harriet Tubman" ($8), both in King Chapel at Morehouse College.
Music events will include a tribute to Duke Ellington by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Aug. 7 at Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center ($23 to $25); Tito Puente and his orchestra Aug. 8 at the Penta Hotel Ballroom ($15), and Thamyris, performing 20th century chamber music Aug. 4 at Georgia State University ($10).
Among the theatrical performances will be "She'll Find Her Way Home" by Valetta Anderson, about a girl coming of age in Mississippi in the 1870s, Aug. 5-9 at the 14th Street Playhouse ($12 to $15); "Sheila's Day," a musical drama by Duma Ndlovu, a South African, on the lives of a black woman from Alabama and a woman from South Africa, at the Woodruff Arts Center ($15 to $20); and "The Wiz" with Stephanie Mills, Aug. 4-9 at the Theater of the Stars ($11.50 to $30.50).
There will be 26 free events including a folk arts festival Aug. 8 and 9, with re-created West African, Caribbean, Gullah and black Seminole villages, and Max Roach performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Aug. 6, both in Piedmont Park.
Call the National Black Arts Festival, (404) 730-7319.
Q: What is the schedule and cost of ferry service between Rome and Sardinia in September?
A: Ferries sail from Civitavecchia, 38 miles northwest of Rome. One company offering service is Tirrenia Navigazione, telephone Rome (06) 4742041 and in Civitavecchia (0766) 28801.
There are ferries leaving from Civitavecchia to Olbia, in northeast Sardinia, daily at 11 p.m., arriving at 6:30 the next morning. From Sept. 1-4, the cost is $33 to $47 a person for a cabin; a chair is $28, and deck passage is $16. On those dates there are additional ferries at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., if demand is sufficient; the trip takes six to eight hours. From Sept. 5-15, cabins are $29 to $42, depending on location, and there are additional ferries, if demand is sufficient, at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. From Sept. 16 there are crossings only on Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m., arriving at Olbia at 6 a.m. From Sept. 16, cabins are $29 to $42. Passengers may instead book a chair -- $20 or, for a reclining chair, $25 -- or book deck passage, for $13.
Tirrenia Navigazione ferries to Cagliari, in the south of Sardinia, leave Civitavecchia daily at 6:30 p.m.; those that leave Tuesday and Thursday night arrive at 7:30 the next morning, and the others, making more stops, arrive at 9:30 a.m. The price for a cabin is $87, Sept. 1-4; and $50 to $80 the rest of the month. Chairs are $36 and $61, and deck passage is $25.
Ferries to Arbatax, on Sardinia's east coast, leave Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m., arriving the next morning at 6. Cabins are $43 to $65 Sept. 1-4, and $40 to $60 the rest of the month. Chairs are $28 and $47; deck passage is $16.
The other company offering ferry service is Ferrovie dell Stato (National Rail Co.), telephone (6) 4881878, which offers service from Civitavecchia to Golfo degli Aranci, near Olbia. In September, ferries leave at 11:30 a.m., arriving at 7 p.m., and at 9 p.m., arriving at 6 the next morning. From Sept. 1-13, there is also a 10 a.m. ferry, which arrives at Sardinia at 6 p.m. Double cabins are $29 to $36 a person. A chair is $19 and $25, and a deck ticket is $14.